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died or was killed at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. (J) William
Bryd Page Shaw, b. at Philadelphia in 1843; d at N. O. in 1846.
(IV) Robert m. Eliza Smith; Issue: a. Robert Carter Brooke (only
child) enlisted in the Confederate Army from Virginia at the outbreak
of the Civil War; killed at battle Seven Pines.
(V) Sarah Brooke m. Samuel Williamson, of Virginia, (died without
(VI) Walker m. Jane Eskridge, of Shongolo, Carroll county, Miss.,
about 1839; Issue: (A) Roberta Brooke, m. (1st marriage) at Vicksburg,
Miss., in 1859, lames J. Lum, of Vicksburg, who d. in 1861; Issue: a.
James J. Lum, Jr. Roberta Brooke m. (2nd husband) Wm. H. Smith,
of Vicksburg, Miss., during winter of 1866. Issue: a. Charles Brooke
d. at 18 of age. Wm. H. Smith and his wife, Roberta Brooke, both d.
at Vicksburg, Miss. James J. Lum, Jr., m. Delia Burnett, of Vicks-
burg, Miss.; Issue: a. Roberta Brooke; b. Jane Eskridge; c. John
Burnett. (B) Charles Fisher Brooke m. Sarah Ferguson of Virginia.
Issue: a. Lavinia; b. Charles. Charles Fisher Brooke, Sr., dead. (C)
Lucy Jefferson Brooke m. -Oliver Mathews at Vicksburg, about 1S66.
(No issue. Mr. Mathews dead.) (D) Collomhil Minnis Brooke m. in
Carroll county, Miss., to Sarah Elizabeth Watt of Carroll county, Sep-
tember 17, 1868. Issue: a. Mary Walker, b. July 22, 1869, m. Dr. E.
W. Hunter, (issue: 1. Elizabeth Brooke; 2. Mary Eliza; 3. Jane Watt;
4. Edwin— dead.) b. James Walker Brooke, b. December 14. ,
d. y. c. Jane Walker Brooke, b. December 30, 1873, (dead.) d. Jane
Watt Brooke, b. May 25, 1876,; e. Elizabeth Roberta, b. June 30, 1878.
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Brooke, (1st wife) died October 9, 1878. C. Min-
nis Brooke m. (2nd wife) Amanda Matilda Bumly (no issue.) (E) Sarah
Page Brooke m. Edwin Peck Jones, of Vicksburg, Miss. Issue: a.
Robert Brooke Jones m. Miss Early Roberts of Texas, (issue: 1. Alice
Barlow.) b. Lalla Page Jones m. George Eggleston of Vicksburg, Miss,
(issue: 1. George Everard.) c. Edwin Peck; d. Robert. (F) Francis
Temple Brooke m. Miss Rush (no issue, both dead.) (G) Horace Miller;
(H) Jane Walker Brooke m. Barney James of Louisiana, (issue: Daniel
Alpheus — Barney James dead.) (I) Hugh; (J) Holmes; (K) Mary; (L)
James Temple; (M) Walker; (N) John Sims; (O) William Scott; (P)
(to be continued.)
THE ENGLISH DESCENT OF JOHN PLEASANTS (1645-1698),
OF HENRICO COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
By J. Hall Pleasants, Baltimore, Md.
As seen from an examination of the above records, the Norwich
426 VIRGINIA HISTORICAL MAGAZINE.
family of Pleasance or Pleasants in the sixteenth or seventeenth cen-
turies was distinctly of the middle class. As far as I can determine the
name, during these centuries was almost entirely confined to the
counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. The earliest English record of the
name so far encountered is the Norwich reference of 1454. The name
Itself is probably derived from Plaisaunce, the name of an old French
town. Norwich was the principal seat of the worsted weaving industry
and large numbers of French weavers came there in the fourteenth and
fifteenth centuries. There is not sufficient evidence at present to
determine whether Norwich or the neighborhood of Bury St. Edmunds
in Suffolk, where there were a large number of the name early in the
sixteenth century, is the original seat of the family. If the latter, an
earlier Norman origin is quite probable. In either event the French
extraction seems unquestionable. The Suffolk branch became a county
family of some little wealth and prominence, and as early as 1576 was
entitled to bear arms. (Visitation of Suffolk.)
A branch of the family also rose to considerable prominence in Ire-
land during the eighteenth century, Thomas Pleasants of Dublin, a
noted philanthropist contributing large sums for hospitals and for
establishing a home for worsted weavers. (National Biography.) Frag-
ments of a correspondence still extant between Robert Pleasants of
Virginia, and Charles Pleasants of Dublin, written just prior to the
Revolution, refer to the kinship of the two branches, (see also Gentle-
man's Magazine 1818, I, 113, 116.) It seems almost certain from these
letters and a series of Irish wills in my possession, that this Irish branch
is in direct descent from Thomas 6 , brother of the emigrant. The arms
of the Dublin branch differ in only a few details from the Suffolk
It is hoped that additional research may carry back the Norwich line
still further, and that more light may be thrown upon the origin of this
Copies of the wills of John Pleasants, the emigrant, and his wife wilt
(to be continued.)
THE GREGORY FAMILY, &c.
Elizabeth Gregory, a sister of James Gregory, who married Patience
Godwin, married Rev. Daniel Earl, an English clergyman. Rev. Daniel
Earl succeeded the Rev. Clement Hall, the first rector of St. Paul's
Parish, Edenton, upon his death in 1758, and remained rector of the
parish until his death in 1785. They had two children, Elizabeth Earl